Reader’s Choice #Giveaway for Dec. 1-11 New Releases

It’s Monday, so it must be Reader’s Choice Giveaway day! Here’s how Reader’s Choice works. Each week, let me know in the comments which of these sounds most promising to you, and you could win it—or any other book of your choice up to US$20 when I draw a winner at the end of each month! I will post the winner on the first Monday of each month. As is almost always true, this is open to international entries.

And now for the new releases… See what you think of these and let me know which one most floats your boat! The usual disclaimer: These are not all the new releases for this week, just the ones I thought might most interest readers of this blog. Nor is it an endorsement of any listed book since I haven’t yet read them. The focus for this list is on urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and traditional fantasy.

The Brightest Embers (Broken Destiny #3) by Jeaniene Frost

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she’s determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave—there’s probably no coming back from this one….Adrian’s dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they’ve endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they’ll face…Don’t miss the earth-shattering conclusion to New York Timesbestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Broken Destiny series!

The Witch’s Thirst by Deborah LeBlanc

For Evette Francois, falling in love is the end of the world—literally. A witch from a long and distinguished line, Evee wields power that comes at a devastating price. If she ever loves a human, all of humanity will suffer. Resisting the temptations of men has never been terribly difficult—until she meets Lucien Hyland. One member of a cabal devoted to preventing a race of interdimensional monsters from ruling the universe. Lucien is the most exquisite creature Evee has ever seen. If she succumbs to passion, death and chaos will follow. But she may not be strong enough to fight her desire.

The Glass Series Complete Collection (Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy Glass) by Maria V. Snyder

Now available in a complete 3-book collection, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic…Storm Glass: As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful sorcerers. Now the clan needs Opal’s unique talents. But Opal must tap into a new kind of magic and learn to control her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known. Sea Glass: Opal’s newfound ability to steal a magician’s skills makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan’s lands in search of the man she thinks she loves. In hostile territory, without proof or allies, Opal isn’t sure whom to trust. And now everyone is after her special talents for their own deadly gain. Spy Glass: Opal has lost her powers. More, she’s immune to the effects of magic. Now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass becomes her new talent, and the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. Then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood—and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or learn if they’re gone forever…

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

A War in Crimson Embers (Crimson Empire) by Alex Marshall

The final book in the Crimson Empire trilogy, a game-changing fantasy epic featuring an unforgettable warrior. Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this – her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin….General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved….Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends…if anyone lives to tell it. FIVE HEROES. NO HOPE. A WAR AGAINST DEVILS.

Spartan Heart (Mythos Academy Colorado #1) by Jennifer Estep

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers. …Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I’m still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won’t let me forget about my parents. …But something strange is going on at the Colorado Academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters. …I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I’m also the only one who can save it . .

Magic & Mayhem (Starry Hollow Witches #4) by Annabel Chase

Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition–what she doesn’t expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on the trail of a killer, while trying to downplay their hots for each other. When one of Ember’s spells goes awry, it has unintentional consequences that could spiral out of control if she doesn’t come to her senses soon. …Can Ember turn the tide before the shifting sands of evidence are washed away forever?

The Forever Ship (Fire Sermon #3) by Francesca Haig

Book Three in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

The Dreamer’s Song (Nine Kingdoms #11) by Lynn Kurland

Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Léirsinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he’s caught. …Léirsinn of Sàraichte simply wants to do what needs to be done—find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side-by-side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul….Together, Acair and Léirsinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms.

Mississippi Roll (Wild Cards #24), edited by George R.R. Martin

Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Mississippi Roll is an all-new, adventurous jaunt along one of America’s greatest rivers, featuring many beloved characters from the Wild Cards universe….Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Mississippi Roll features the writing talents of Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn.

Heart Sight (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens

Muin “Vinni” T’Vine has been the prophet of Celta since he was six years old. A unique and lonely child, his strong psi power made most people wary of him. But now that he’s older, he’s ready to marry and protect the girl he’s known was his HeartMate for years….Avellana isn’t as fragile as Vinni believes…nor as compliant. She fights to be considered Vinni’s equal and a strong member of her Family and community. Both of them have kept Avellana’s main power secret for over a decade….But rumors of her strange psi talent are spreading, and Vinni is experiencing premonitions of danger to Avellana—even from the highest people of the land. When the whispers become threats, Vinni and Avellana must discover and defeat their secret enemies before they can finally claim happiness together.

God’s Last Breath (Bring Down Heaven #3) by Sam Sykes

Acclaimed author Sam Sykes returns with the exhilarating conclusion to his Bring Down Heaven trilogy. The great demon Khoth-Kapira has broken free of his prison and taken his first step upon the mortal world. And he owes it all to Lenk. Believing that the demon will heal a broken world that the gods have abandoned, Lenk serves as reluctant champion to Khoth-Kapira’s cause. But as the desperate and fearful flock to Khoth-Kapira’s banner, begging for salvation, Lenk begins to doubt his patron’s great designs. The city of Cier’Djaal, meanwhile, has become the field for the last great battle of mortals. And as humans, shicts and tulwar prepare to tear each other apart, none are aware of the ancient horror that marches upon their tiny wars. At the tip of a spear or beneath the heel of demons, the reign of mortals ends.

Glass Town by Steven Savile

A brilliantly rendered story about obsession and one man’s attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather’s life, set against a magical and intricately woven cityscape….Steven Savile has been an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. Now, he is finally making his US debut with Glass Town, a brilliantly composed novel revolving around the magic and mystery lurking in London. …In 1926, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. But, along with Seth Lockwood, she disappeared, never to be seen again. Isaiah, Seth’s younger brother, refused to accept that she was just gone. …It has been seventy years since and the brothers are long dead. But now their dark, twisted secret, threatens to tear the city apart. Seth made a bargain with Damiola, an illusionist, to make a life size version of his most famous trick, and hide away part of London to act as a prison out of sync with our time, where one year passes as one hundred. That illusion is Glass Town. And now its walls are failing.

Flame in the Dark (Soulwood #3) by Faith Hunter

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet….A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

Year One (Chronicles of the One #1) by Nora Roberts

It began on New Year’s Eve….The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated….Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most….As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive….In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain….The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Audio, Freebies, and Scene-Snippets (Oh My)

Whew! It’s been a while. For the moment, my “other job” as a caregiver has settled down a little, so I’m going to try blogging again.

Okay, first: ILLUMINATION is finally out in audio! For you audio fans, I’m sorry it came out several months after the book, but I wanted narrator Amy McFadden to be able to read it. She has narrated hundreds of audiobooks, but I didn’t realize until recently that the first book she ever did was ABSOLUTION. She also narrated the audiobooks for OMEGA and ALLEGIANCE, so it seemed only right that she do ILLUMINATION.

You can find it on AUDIBLE, on AMAZON, and via the iTunes store.

Now, how about a freebie? Anyone who is signed up for my newsletter by the time it goes out on December 11 will get the link for a free download (in both .mobi and .epub formats) of a revised edition of CHRISTMAS IN DOGTOWN, a standalone paranormal holiday story that has been out of print for several years and is not available anywhere else. Not already subscribed to the newsletter? You can do by clicking on the “Newsletter” form at the top of this page.

I’m getting ready to knuckle down on FRENCHMEN STREET, the next Sentinels of New Orleans novel (I’m shooting for release in March), but first am working on a kind of a secret project. I will say that it deals with shapeshifters, although with a different twist, and is set in the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Georgia.

Here’s a snippet….

Death walked through the crowded barroom, trailed by her pet wolf—an abomination. Beck’s first response: crawl under the table so she’d pass by him. He even pushed back his chair before realizing she couldn’t be here for him.

            For once in his life, Beck hadn’t done anything wrong to draw the attention of the local Morrigan.

            Instead, he leaned back in his chair and took in Death’s long, lean legs, clad in white leggings beneath a sheer black long skirt. Her skintight lace and silk top, modest in neckline, was as white as the long braid that snaked around one shoulder and hung almost to her waist. Her skin was almost as pale. Her gloves were the color of blood.

            Lillie Wolfe was the most beautiful creature Beck had ever seen, and one kiss from those full, pale lips would end his life. 

Hmm….what could it all mean?

Check back tomorrow to enter to win a book of your choice in the December Reader’s Choice Giveaway!